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News Today; Buhari Nominates 40-Year-Old As Substantive EFCC Boss, Makinde Meets Northern Governors To De-Escalate Shasha Market Ethnic Clash

Buhari Nominates 40-Year-Old Abdulrasheed Bawa As Substantive EFCC Boss

The New Sheriff In Town – Substantive EFCC Boss, Bawa

Barring last minute changes (or political abracadabra), there’s going to be a new sheriff at the helm of affairs at Nigeria’s apex anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

President Buhari has sent the details of Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa to the Senate for screening as the substantive chairman of the EFCC.

The latest development was confirmed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday morning.

Abdulrasheed Bawa is a 40-year-old trained EFCC investigator who holds a B.Sc in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy.

He’s vastly experienced in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases (aka 419), official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic or financial crimes.

Bawa was also one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005.

This development is a clear departure from previous nominations which are characterized by the appointment of Police officers. Could this be the shot in the arm the EFCC has always needed?

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has acknowledge the receipt of Bawa’s nomination and confirms his screening would be in plenary.

This fresh-faced nomination brings an end to the protracted drama involving the suspended Ibrahim Magu as EFCC boss. Magu’s nomination as chairman was bitterly rejected by the 8th Senate in 2015.

The controversial Magu was chairman in acting capacity since 2015 till his suspension in July 2020 for various charges. Talk about the hunter becoming the hunted.

Is Bawa’s appointment the injection Nigeria’s apex anti-graft agency really needs? Could the president finally be embracing youth and fresh ideas in his cabinet? What do you make of this nomination?

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Oyo Governor Makinde Meets Northern Governors To De-Escalate Shasha Market Ethnic Clash

Makinde Takes Visiting Governors On Tour Of Shasha Market, Ibadan

Efforts are being made to restore lasting peace and de-escalate the ethnic tension which erupted in Oyo State with the visit of 4 governors from the Northern part of the country.

Oyo State helmsman, Governor Seyi Makinde has led a team of visiting four northern governors on a tour of Shasha Market, the scene of the fatal clash between the Hausas and host Yoruba community in Ibadan.

The visiting Northern governors include Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano State; Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Abubakar Sanni of Niger State.

The visitors had been in consultation with their host following their Monday evening arrival at the Oyo State capital, Ibadan. Apparently, de-escalating the tension between their tribes and avoiding reprisals, were chief amongst why they visited their Oyo State counterpart.

Besides visiting the Shasha market, their itinerary includes seeing the Seriki of the Hausa community, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin, and the Baale of Shasha to appeal to the warring tribes to sheathe their swords and work out how to co-exist peacefully.

What began as an argument between a Yoruba indigene and a Hausa cart pusher over improper disposal of refuse, degenerated into full blown violence two days later with the fatal assault of a Yoruba cobbler by a Hausa cart pusher.

The chair of the Hausa Traders Association claims 11 Hausa traders were killed in the wake of the reprisal attack from the Yorubas, which also saw to the destruction of houses, shops and wares.

It is hoped lasting peace would be forged and further reprisal attacks prevented up North by the impromptu trip the Northern governors have made.

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Troops Rout 81 Terrorists In Assault On Sambisa Forest

Troops Rout 81 Terrorists On Mission To Sambisa Forest

The war against insurgency in Nigeria’s Northeast recorded a major victory on Monday with reports of Nigerian troops neutralizing 81 Boko Haram terrorists in the dread Sambisa Forest.

The series of military operations on the insurgent’s playground, which took place over 2 days, Sunday and Monday, recorded one casualty. The soldier died from a landmine attack while four others sustained various degrees of injuries.

Reports emanating from the Nigerian Military Intelligence has it that troops of Sector 1, made up of soldiers from 21 and 26 Brigades, supported by the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) cleared insurgents from several villages including Garin Bello, Kwoche, Lawanti, Alfa Bula Hassan, and Alfa Cross and a host of others.

It is also reported that a number of withdrawing terrorists invaded Zira and Gur villages in the Biu South Local Government Area of Borno State.

Their invasion, however, didn’t last long as they were routed out by bombardment from the Nigerian Airforce. Motorcycles and gun trucks belonging to the insurgents were totally destroyed by the joint effort of the men of the Army and the Airforce.

There has been renewed onslaught on the dread Sambisa base of the Boko Haram insurgents, particularly the Timbuktu Triangle, where the insurgents hold as their training base for many years since the battle against insurgency began nearly a decade ago.

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DefectionMania – APC Receives Atiku2019 Campaign Manager, Gbenga Daniel, David Mark’s Daughter, Bauchi Member

Atiku Campaign Manager, Daniel, Mark’s Daughter Among Decampees To APC

They may not admit it quite yet but there must be a certain level of disquiet in the PDP because of the uncanny way the gale of defection is swelling that of the ruling APC. Everyone seems headed to the APC camp these days.

News in political circles has it that Atiku Abubakar’s 2019 Presidential Campaign manager – former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has officially swapped camps and gone to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Wait…there’s more.

PDP heavyweight and former Senate President, David Mark’s daughter, Hon. Blessing Onuh, has changed political sides from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to the APC too. Onuh is a member representing Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency of Benue. There’s more…

The member representing Bauchi Federal Constituency, Hon. Yakubu Abdullahi, also said his goodbyes to the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) and jumped on the APC wagon.

What’s going on? What could the APC be doing to attract everyone like ants to sugar these days?

Otunba Gbenga Daniel said he’s leaving the PDP to support and align with his friend and present Ogun State, Mr. Dapo Abiodun.

Senator Mark’s Daughter, Hon. Onuh, who had earlier defected last December, is making her move official on the floor of the House of Reps. She said she’s leaving APGA due to leadership crisis at all levels of the party.

Abdullahi claimed his party having two chairmen at the same time is recipe for disaster, and he wants out before things really get ugly.

It appears Otunba Daniel’s defection is a big deal because between 3 to 5 APC governors are speculated to be waiting to bring him into the ruling APC. Talking about a triumphant entry.

Former PDP senator, Iyiola Omisore, from Ile-Ife Osun State, officially decamped to the APC too on Monday. He was part of the party’s registration exercise in Osun yesterday where he sealed the deal.

It looks like everyone can make it into the APC these days but the former Aviation Minister, Mr. Fani Kayode. No amount of consultations would get him across the line into the APC…for now at least.

The PDP should find a certain amount of comfort in the fact that someone is stuck with them till they can unravel why they’re decreasing in number and the APC increasing.

Even though defections are a dime a dozen in the Nigerian political space, would it help create the right political ideal and climate needed to move the country forward? What do you think?

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Military Lay New Charge On Aung San Suu Kyi As Myanmar Protests Continue

Myanmar Protest Continues As Aung San Suu Kyi Gets New Charge

The end of protests doesn’t seem in sights as the Myanmar military further irked demonstrators by laying new charges on the country’s political leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

According to her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, has been charged with an extra violation, under the country’s natural disaster management law.

This charge followed an earlier one in which she was charged under the country’s import and export law for having walkie-talkies in her home. How’s that for something flimsy? And you think you’ve seen weird laws in your country?

The country has seen consistent anti-coup demonstrators demanding the release of their elected leaders, including Ms Suu Kyi, following the military takeover on 1 February.

Military spokesman Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun said the military doesn’t intend to sit-tight on power but would hand over to the party which wins an election whose date hasn’t been fixed.

Myanmar’s military claimed they took over power because of electoral fraud in November’s election which Ms. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won.

Brigadier-Gen Zaw said Ms. Suu Kyi was placed on house arrest for her own safety and that she was doing well.

Myanmar protesters have been defiantly clashing with security forces in calls for the release of the leaders the military junta placed under lock and key, in an attempt to consolidate their hold on power.

All calls for demonstrators to stay at home by the military has repeatedly fallen on deaf ears.

Myanmar’s civil disobedience movement has created strikes which are chipping away at the proper functioning of many government agencies.

It appears the military government has found itself in a deadlock with the people.

Should the Myanmar recipe be adopted as the go-to solution against oppressive military regimes around the world? Tell us what you think.

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60 Lives Lost In Overcrowded Congo River Boat Accident, 200 Missing As 300 Rescued

Overcrowded Boats The Bane Of Water Transportation In Africa

Tragic news from the Democratic Republic of Congo has it that an overcrowded boat accident has lead to the death of 60 persons, with another 200 gone missing.

300 people were said to have been rescued from the accident which reportedly too place on the vast Congo River.

Reports have it the boat hit a rock east of the capital, Kinshasa, while travelling at night.

DR Congo’s Humanitarian Affairs minister, Steve Mbikayi, confirming the accident said he had received reports the boat was overcrowded and had been moving at night in contravention of the law.

It is said water transportation is the preferred mode of transportation over long distances in Congo because of the very bad roads in the country. A problem common with most, if not all, countries on the continent.

The overcrowded boat was said to traveling a journey of about 700km from Kinshasa to Mbandaka city. It ran into turbulent waters near the village of Longola Ekoti in the province of Mai-Ndombe.

Overcrowding is a serious factor that makes boating accidents in Africa even more fatal because passengers aren’t usually given enough life jackets. The poor state of the vessel is the other critical factor.

What is the way out of fatal boating accidents in Africa? Could investment in water transportation (better and bigger boats) help reduce the accidents recorded on our water ways?

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